Can I Get a PTSD Payout After a Car Accident? | Attorney911 — Most people already know that an insurance company will reimburse you for a physical injury after a motor vehicle accident. But you might not be aware that the law does allow for compensation for mental or psychological injuries. You are entitled to money damages for psychological injuries such as PTSD caused by the car crash.


The issue is documentation. An insurance company, or a jury, is not going to pay you any money for PTSD if we can’t back it up with documentation from a doctor, psychologist, or licensed therapist. They are not going to just take your word for it. We have to prove it with documentation.

As personal injury lawyers, we have devoted years to understanding the intricacies of car accident cases. Relying on our substantial experience, we’ve compiled some useful information on PTSD payouts that can help you understand your rights.

What is PTSD?
PTSD (short for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) is a psychiatric disorder that affects people who have experienced, witnessed, or been exposed to an upsetting or traumatic event. Some common examples of traumatic incidents that trigger PTSD include:

— Being involved in a bad accident
— Suffering severe injuries in an accident
— Long-term physical pain and suffering
— Or even witnessing a bad accident, witnessing serious injury, or witnessing a death.

People who suffer from PTSD experience intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings about their traumatic experience long after it is over. These feelings often cause the victim to relive the event in dreams or flashbacks. They may also feel persistent fear, anger, sadness, depression, anxiety, loss of appetite, insomnia, and disconnection or detachment from their friends and family.

Can I get a PTSD settlement or payout settlement from a car accident?
On top of reimbursement for your medical bills, motor vehicle accident victims can obtain compensation for past, present, and future physical and mental anguish caused by the crash. The money you receive to pay for physical pain is called “pain and suffering,” and payouts for mental, emotional, and psychological harm is referred to as “mental anguish.”

If you have been diagnosed with PTSD after a car accident, you can be reimbursed for any medical expenses incurred from therapy or other forms of mental health treatment. You can also receive mental anguish damages for the mental and emotional distress. You are actually entitled to claim past, present, AND future mental anguish.

An experienced legal emergency personal injury lawyer can review the impact that PTSD has had on your life and quickly identify the types of damages you may be entitled to receive.


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